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United States Army Saddles Up with Beast Lighting Solution for America’s Army 3

No, America’s Army 3 is not a new U.S. Military Force but a video game, geared to simulate the realistic path of a U.S. Army soldier. Made by the U.S. Army, geared for the hopeful next generation U.S. Soldiers, the new Army 3 video game looks to Sweden’s Illuminate Labs for their Beast lighting solution.


On Feb. 11. 2009, the U.S. Army signed a contract with Illuminate Labs that their companys’ Beast Lighting Solution would be used for both the public and government versions of America’s Army 3

America’s Army 3 is a free action game created by the U.S. Army, that reflects the authentic experience, training, technology, actions and career advancements of a U.S. Soldier. This idea is genius. What better way to increase enlistment rates than targeting war-driven video-gamers, whom are mostly adolescent males. AA3 is even being constantly updated so that new features, missions and technologies reflect those that are being used by the real U.S. Army. AA3 is rated T for Teen by Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and will be released in 2009.

“We were drawn to Illuminate Labs’ Beast product because of the need for realistic lighting and shadowing for the America’s Army Game and Government use platform and the believable effects that we were able to produce with Beast,” says Michael Bode, executive producer of the America’s Army game. Bode continued, “With America’s Army 3, we were challenged to produce highly realistic environments.  We needed to incorporate the natural look of shadows created from bounced light in different weather and times-of-day, properly colored environments through materials reflecting manmade light in urban environments, and dynamically shadowed and illuminated character avatars with the same lighting effects for stealth and camouflage purposes.”

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